We start the same way as the previous episode, except with two armed guards in the back of the Chicken Brothers “Chicken & Meth” truck. Since neither one of them is Hitman Mike, they don’t fare too well. The bad guys stop the truck, plug the exhaust into the truck’s vent, and just sit back to wait.
The bad guys are getting smarter.
The bad guys kill three people, and take one bucket from the truck. If that’s the only meth in the shipment, it neither seems cost-effective to ship it, or to stage a triple-murder for it.
Back at the house, a post-coital Skyler wants to ask some questions about Gale. When Walt denies any involvement, she just tries to make sure he’s not a target.
Walt tells her he’s not in danger, he is the danger. That’s a good point, and a very scary one for everybody involved. Walt is integral to everyone around him. At least once an episode, he does something the old Walt would never have done. How does that make everyone depending on him feel?
Walt takes possession of their new Car Wash, and takes his final vengeance by getting rid of his old boss. Walt makes him hand over the framed first dollar he made at the Car Wash, then breaks it open and calmly uses it to buy a soda. Is Walt a good guy? He’s our hero, sure, but is he really a good guy at this point? Or has he finally become Heisenberg, a cold-blooded sociopathic murderer?
Hey, Tyler Durden always looked like he was having more fun than the narrator. Walt was a schlub. Heisenberg gets things done.
Meanwhile in the lab, Jesse gets the call to leave, so Walt replaces him with three Hispanic cleaning women. Sometimes the black comedy on this show is just exquisite.
Hitman Mike and Jesse run another errand, this time waiting on some meth heads to come out of their house. Jesse gets impatient and with his in-depth knowledge of meth heads, pulls the old okey-doke on them and knocks them out with, fittingly enough, a bong.
Walt’s end-around with the cleaning women results in them getting deported. I guess since Gus killed his right-hand man with a boxcutter, getting put on a bus out of the country isn’t the worst thing that could happen.
Gus and Hitman Mike decide to set up a meeting with the even badder guys, rather than just take Mike’s idea and kill them all. On the way out, Jesse asks Gus why he’s being used for these assignments.
Gus tells him, “I like to think I see things in people.” Brilliant. Gus can’t get Walt to turn on Jesse, so he’s going to trick Jesse into turning on Walt. Very subtle. Walt is brilliant, but Gus is long-term supervillain devious.
Walt and Skyler clash over the new car in the final scene. Skyler tells him the new car he bought for Walt Jr. has to go back. That seems pretty obvious, and it’s kind of surprising Walt has to be told that. Maybe he’s just forcing Skyler to be the bad guy again.
Fade to black. Everyone is still alive, but the relationships are once again in bad shape.
— Reid Kerr could really use some chicken, but not so much meth. Follow Reid on Facebook or Twitter.